President Robert Mugabe’s succession race is over. -Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) Commander, Constantine Chiwenga, has reported ordered Mugabe to endorse Emmerson Mnangagwa, as replacement. Oppah Muchinguri, Jonathan Moyo and Sydney Sekeramayi are surfacing as, Mnangagwa regime VP favourite picks. -Mnangagwa to reconfigure Zanu PF. Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) is allegedly throwing weight behind Mnangagwa takeover, amid fears of purges, by his anticipated coming new administration.
HARARE – President Robert Mugabe, and VP, Joice Mujuru, have been vanquished by their closet party foes, with fresh details emerging that Zanu PF Women’s League boss, Oppah Muchinguri is readying to seize control of Mujuru’s current post.
If things are to go by our latest briefings, both Mujuru and Mugabe could be out of office before the end of the year, as hard-line military generals and long serving secret service operatives, have reportedly completed a mind map and political strategy to install Mnangagwa, as the second republic president of Zimbabwe, with equal enthusiasm to appoint Muchinguri as the new vice president under the justice minister, our investigations collaborate.
The dreaded State spy agency, the Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO), is also said to be now fully backing Mnangagwa, and concurring with military generals for both Mujuru and Mugabe to call it a day before Christmas.
“At this stage anything can happen,” a Zanu PF insider said this week. “The CIO appear to have realised that, Mnangagwa is the only candidate who can perpetuate the status quo, and bring some stability in a post-Mugabe era. They are now pushing for the party to appoint Mnangagwa, as the definite successor to Mugabe, and want him to finish off Mugabe’s term in office.”
Zimbabwe Today has recently been covering the puzzling dynamics of Mugabe’s succession issue, with new revelations that the Zanu PF strongman is set for the exit door by December 2014, and might cancel a planned party elective congress in the same month, to pave way for the military to install Mnangagwa, who is already in a deal with the top echelons of the army to prop his presidential ambitions.
Women’s league boss, Muchinguri, information minister Jonathan Moyo, and defence minister Sydney Sekeramayi are now the sure trio to fill in the country’s two vice president slots, according to a Mnangagwa faction member. Indications are that Muchinguri, might sail through using the gender card, while Sekeramayi can easily make the grade, due to his long time relationship with Mnangagwa, sources said. Sekeramayi, like Mnangagwa has presided over influential ministerial posts including State Security, during the lifespan of the power sharing government with the opposition MDC.
The hammer has fallen heavy on Mujuru, thus hampering what seemed to be a golden opportunity to succeed Mugabe a few years ago, for an array of reasons listed below:
Power impatience- Mujuru has shown impatience in waiting out Mugabe to leave off, on his accord, without piling pressure on him to go, especially through her late husband, General Solomon Mujuru, who is loathed for allegedly attempting to use Simba Makoni to topple Mugabe via, the Mavambo party project.
Mujuru has also fallen out with Grace Mugabe, following her badly timed comments last year while commemorating, the first anniversary of General Mujuru’s death, at the family farm in Beatrice. The VP said Mugabe could soon be called by God, since he was approaching 90 years : “We know that the president will soon be 90, and God might decide to call him. He has taught us a lot on how to lead the party,” she said at the time. “Zanu PF will never die because President Mugabe is no longer there; there are people who now can lead the party.”
The VP has been accused of having links with foreign intelligence services, chiefly from the U.S and Great Britain.
Didymus Mutasa’s poor health, is said to have cost her faction political time, as he was away in India during the year, when he was badly needed to push the agenda of the Zanu PF elective congress, as party secretary for administration. Mutasa, was also reportedly going to push for former central bank governor, Gideon Gono, to be roped into cabinet as finance minister, using his proximity to Mugabe, in having Gono re-joining government to boost the Mujuru faction, but he has failed.
Mujuru is also said to be reeling, from the defection of minister Saviour Kasukuwere, to the Mnangagwa camp. Kasukuwere, is allegedly giving the Mnangagwa faction intelligence about the Mujuru faction, which he is previously thought to have been belonging to.